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Up here in the land of nuts and twigs and Swami surf breaks, you kind of expect to combine good-for-you and good-to-taste in every menu item.

So I hive into Honey’s Bistro (632 South Coast highway 101, Encinitas (760-942-5433).


It’s a comfy kinda place you find a lot of up north. Part greasy spoon, part açai central.

Also, full of life. People have energetic conversations with the waitress, Madison. She’s energetic right back.

Which is good, ’cause I’m feeling pooped. Early train ride. Lots of hoofing it up hill and down dale.

Now, midday, time for breakfast.

“The baddest breakfast that’s still healthy?” says Madison. And she points to a waffle loaded with blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plus powdered sugar, syrup, and, to put on top, two poached eggs and two strips of bacon.

I go for it.




Nice mixture of good and bad. Sweet and savory. And yes, the waffle is whole grain. Plus as much syrup as my conscience will allow. Plus a $1.35 coffee (deal!). Whole bill comes to $9.64 after tax.


It’s jes’ what da doctor ordered. Veritably holistic.


This is the first time I’ve been in here, but Madison says it’s been going 15 years. Actually, it's near the end of their working day. “We start at 5:30 a.m.,"she says. The very thought gets her stifling a yawn.

But me, I come out energized. There’s something about this town does it to you.

Feel like grabbing a paddleboard, hauling out and doing a bit of stand-up surfing at Swami's.

Or, okay, maybe a bit of yoga at the Self-Realization Fellowship Center would be easier.

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